Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The mind blowing novelty of this expanded genetic alphabet is only now being realized for practical purposes. With new man made letters within nature's alphabet of life researchers are taking this patented technology and using it to create Frankenstein proteins with diverse and useful features like hemoglobin mimicry and in cell localization. This process will be at the heart of synthetic biology. The question stands... Is a patent for an unnatural letter allowed? Apparently so according to the US government's patent office. But does that mean that I could invent new letters for the English alphabet and patent them to make a profit if others eventually use them?
Monday, September 29, 2008
This deer visited our camp site several times to enjoy a nourishing urine suckle. The locals in the Chicago Basin area of the Weminuche Wilderness are not shy at all. I found the mountain goats in the area to be slightly rude, although they were traveling with several kids so their disposition was warranted. A crazy marmot also frequented our campsite and ate every leaf off of a small shrub that we peed on. After he was done enjoying some pee-infused leaves he would roll around in the shrub in pure ecstasy. :-)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Hank Paulson = Fagin
Predatory lenders and wall street investment bankers = The artful dodger and cohorts
Oliver = China = nieve and hungry and wanting "some more"
The nameless pick-pocketed people of victorian England = The Current US upper middle class who don't realize how sweet they have really had it for so long.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Lawns!? My question to the average homeowner, Why on God's Green Earth? For most families lawns are not based on any utilitarian principle. The lawn is based on conformity to a generic and obsolete American dream. Lawns are as American as apple pie right? Wrong! Apple pie is delicious and nourishing. Your lawn is disgusting and unwholesome. Now don't get me wrong, I am not completely anti-lawn! Grasses are indigenous to many regions and can be naturally maintained. However, this is not the case for the vast majority. I am even in support of many unnaturally maintained lawns, due to the multitude of purposes that they serve, mainly community recreation. However, ask yourself what purpose does your lawn serve? It is beautiful? Is a seasonal vegetable garden not more beautiful? The kids enjoy running around on the lawn? Would they not enjoy running around in a vegetable garden even more? It gives you an opportunity to get outdoors and exercise? Again, vegetable garden!
Do you know how much water you waste to maintain your lawn? Likely not. A vegetable garden in place of your lawn would not only use less water but would yield wonderful, nourishing produce. A vegetable garden is not the only alternative to your disgustingly wasteful lawn and may not be the best alternative. A few urban dwellers are transforming their lawns into xeriscape landscapes, which do not require supplemental water. Beautiful herbs, flowers and plants can be used for xeriscaping schemes in many regions. The xeriscape alternative may be best for many urban dwellers who do not have the time or ambition to maintain an urban garden or in regions where an urban garden is not sensible.
Think of your lawn transformation as an opportunity to employ and nurture your creativity. Designing a small urban garden or xeriscape is an enjoyable and glorious process. Yes of course you are free to have and maintain your lawn, yet ironically by doing so you demonstrate that in fact you are not free to think. Think about it!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
On the tech-crunch podcast this morning that came to my hammer anvil and stirrup over the Stitcher radio application on my iPhone, a voice told me that a bloggers only hope for getting links back is to post at least 2-3 times per day. They reported that the top 42% of all blogs actually post 10 times per day or more!!! This came as a shock to me, as I only post about once every three months on average. So her I go. I will try to take a few minutes every two to three hours during the day to see if this lonely blog starts to see any more traffic.
So I have to wonder about sites that post 10+ times per day. First of all these sites probably have many, many contributors. So If I were to recruit say 30 contributing bloggers and we all had a schedule, we could keep up to that level and only post once every three days. I think that is reasonable. This will be my goal.
So what is there to talk about in a free thinking realm on Thursday September 25 2008? Oh yes - the economy. Let's say we did go into a depression what would happen? Would it go so far as people having to grow their own food, and make their own cloths and not have time for anything else like blogging? People would have to put away their speed boats and travel less for sure. Who would be at the top of the food chain? I think small farmers would. Would anyone care about the government, while the government would be helpless themselves to do anything... No, they would not at all. Nationalism would surely take a downturn and tribalism would resurface. I think in order to keep the people paying attention to them the US government may start to threaten our allies and bully them into sending us chocolate. Our borders would probably be death zones and passing from one town to the next would be treacherous, as the residents would wonder where you got the money to fill up your gas tank and try to take your fuel from you. What about the children. Well they would be hungry. What about the pets? Well they would be food. All and all we can deal with this no matter how bad it gets. The people who can't deal with it are those that can't stomach the possibility that they will now have to drink tap water instead of bottled. These will be the nut jobs that throw themselves from tall buildings in the face of all this. The rest of us will be the stronger for the struggle and come out with a fresh gene pool of hardy individuals ready to build a new world from scratch, with a new ethics for the ages -->Peace